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I live in New York City and I play, write, arrange, and produce music for myself and lots of other people. I spend quite a bit of time in Austin, Texas, and travel around the country with various groups. I've contributed performances, compositions, and arrangements to recordings by bands like Snarky Puppy, Okkervil River, Bill Laurance, Nelo, and many more. My band is Progger.
For booking, lessons (in person or via Skype), or questions, send an email to proggermusic@gmail.com.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Brian's positive note of the day. And summer tour dates!

I'm in the middle of the laborious but rewarding process of booking shows for Progger's summer string of album release shows and it's gotten me thinking about the extremities of the music business. As musicians-- and this applies to all artists, regardless of medium-- we encounter a lot of obstacles blocking our goals, and overcoming them requires tremendous energy and creativity. Finances are usually the most obvious and intimidating problems, and they don't go away easily, particularly if you're trying to get an exciting new project off the ground. As scarce as money is in the arts, what makes matters even more challenging is the profusion of negativity among artists and musicians themselves. Our communities can get horribly caught up in competition, trash-talking, infighting, and other sorts of destructive nonsense that make goals that are already challenging even tougher to realize, needlessly.

But as I'm sitting down to go over dates and plan a string of summer shows with two great bands-- The Funky Knuckles and The Indie Revenge-- I'm reminded that there are musicians and audiences out there who bring enough brilliance, positivity, and love to our world that it makes up for the nonsense. As heavy as the obstacles can feel at times, there does exist a force of creative humanity that has more passion than the obstacles can block. We owe our favorite music to this energy, from Bach and Mozart to the Beatles, Miles Davis, Parliament/Funkadelic, and D'Angelo, and there are audiences out there who are thirsting just as passionately for new beauty. As apathetic as so much of our world can seem sometimes, the beautiful people who hunger for and aim to help this new art and music find its footing are not to be taken for granted. My friends who are helping to make these shows happen, from Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Georgia to Washington DC, Philly, and New York, I appreciate you very much, and you're a huge part of what makes life good. Life is good, indeed.

So here are the shows in the works so far!

Summer 2014
May 10: Progger at Rockwood Music Hall stage 2, New York, NY
May 28: Progger at the Grape Room, Philadelphia, PA
July 28: Progger and the Funky Knuckles at the Free Man, Dallas, TX
July 29: Progger and the Funky Knuckles at One2One, Austin, TX
July 30: Progger and the Funky Knuckles at Gasa Gasa, New Orleans, LA
July 31: Progger and the Funky Knuckles at the Thirsty Hippo, Hattiesburg, MS
August 1: Progger, the Indie Revenge, and the Funky Knuckles at 529, Atlanta, GA
August 2: Progger, the Indie Revenge, and the Funky Knuckles in Athens, GA (tbd)
August 3: Progger, the Indie Revenge, and the Funky Knuckles in Nashville, TN (tbd)
August 4: Progger, the Indie Revenge, and the Funky Knuckles in Asheville, NC (tbd)
August 5: Progger, the Indie Revenge, and the Funky Knuckles at the Pour House, Roanoke, VA
August 6: Progger, the Indie Revenge, and the Funky Knuckles in New York (tbd)
August 7: Progger, the Indie Revenge, and the Funky Knuckles in Washington DC (tbd)